Jazz and Chinese classical musicians unite at Jasmine Jazz


Jazz and traditional Chinese musicians and instruments come together in a rare collaboration this Sunday, June 22 at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

A presentation by the Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society, Jasmine Jazz gathers together musicians who don’t normally share a stage – Chinese folk instrumentalists and jazz musicians.

The latter include Arnt Arntzen, Jodi Proznick and Bruce Henczel. Traditional Chinese musicians are Jirong Huang (erhu), Zhongxi Wu (suona/sheng) and Sarah Tan (guzheng), from the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.

In a press release, Arntzen, a rising young jazz musician, said: “As a banjo player who primarily plays jazz from the twenties and thirties, I can’t imagine a more drastic change than to work with the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. Plucked or strummed strings sounding through a drum or resonating chamber sound beautiful to me, whether it is on an American-made Vega plectrum banjo or on the Chinese erhu, sanxian or guzheng. To be able to work with these amazing instruments is an exciting opportunity. I am grateful to be able to collaborate with the wonderful people who play them.”

The mix of jazz banjo and traditional Chinese instruments will give new life to both jazz standards and traditional and contemporary Chinese music. The programme includes the premiere of new compositions, including pieces by two Chinese-Canadian composers, Xiaopeng Jiang and Alan Lau.

Jasmine Jazz
June 22 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden | 578 Carrall St. Vancouver
Tickets at door 7 p.m. or call 604 662 3207 at jasminejazz.brownpapertickets.com. $15 (general) $10 (seniors/students).

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